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Poster: elmerlang Date: Feb 26, 2007 12:40pm
Forum: movies Subject: Downloading speeds

This is a wonderful site and I appreciate it very much.

I download films over my cable connection. It's quite fast. Still, there is great variance in the speeds of downloading. Since it's all coming from one site (right?) I was curious as to the reasons why.

And could I maximize the speed possible by choice of browser? By time of day? By choice of FTP or HTTP, or not going to those pages and just right clicking on the options on the film's page?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again, you provide a great service to the (literally) world!

best,
elmer

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffBridgewater Video Date: Mar 10, 2007 10:54am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Downloading speeds

I don't speak for the Archive, but I can make a few observations as an Archive user. Even though the data all comes from the same Archive, it comes from different servers. There might be dozens of servers, each holding a small percentage of the materials in the archive. If the material you choose is from a busy server then your download speed will slow down. The next item you pick to download may come from a different server. That server may have no one else on it at that moment and download very fast. I find that Friday and Saturday nights are the worst on the Archive. Everyone is home for the weekend and a lot of people want to check out the Archive. If I find something I want on Friday night, I come back and download it on Monday morning when the servers are slow. Actually, I have always had good luck in my downloads at the Archive. I pick out some movies and start the downloads when I go to work on Monday morning and when I come home the movies are waiting for me. Cool! I usually just use "save target as" but I don't think it matters. I believe the Archive usually does maintenance on Thursday night/early Friday morning. So if you start a download Thursday night and go to bed you may wake up Friday morning to a failed download. I hope this information helps you in the Archive.

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Poster: karen raymond Date: Mar 18, 2007 6:00am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Downloading speeds

i'm a newbie on this site but love it. but nothing that i use for playing or editing will work w MPEG4 which is what i get when i choose save target as.

do i need a converter

thanks for help

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffBridgewater Video Date: Mar 18, 2007 6:55am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Downloading speeds

Hi Karen, On my computers MPEG-4 is usually played as a quicktime file. Do you have Quicktime on your computer?

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Poster: karen raymond Date: Mar 18, 2007 7:39am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Downloading speeds

yes, i just figured that out and just purchased quicktime pro which will let me make fragments of downloaded film. I'm trying to put together a video for my mother's 95th birthday celebration which will feature a family bus ride to each of the 3 places the family lived in NY from the early 1900's to 1960's. BUT will i be able to take this MPEG4 fragment to Roxio VideoWave and add it to the video i've already made? so far i have a great film featuring the 3rd Ave El which connected all 3 places, and the bus will follow the old route while we watch the El train make its journey! i could get really addicted to doing this!

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffBridgewater Video Date: Mar 19, 2007 10:02am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Downloading speeds

Hi Karen, I suspect you can convert the Quicktime clip unless it has a copyguard on it. I am not so sure if Videowave will convert your Mpeg-4 (what version/year do you have)? If not, Quicktime pro may be able to convert to another format you can use. For what its worth, I find most Mpeg-4s to be heavily compressed. If you are editing, I suggest that if a less compressed format is available you might want to try/use it. Mpeg-2 files tend to work better for me. The less compressed the better. Post back later and let the forum know how the video works for you if you get a chance. Best wishes on your video!

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